• Brick and mortar businesses will be dead by 2023: Amitabh Kant

    In an increasingly digitalized world, the brick and mortar business in India may cease to exist in the current form by 2023, said Niti Aayog, CEO, Amitabh Kant on Saturday. Speaking at the TiE Delhi-NCR and Lufthansa organized Startup Expo, Kant said brick and mortar businesses will move towards ecommerce, which means companies will be increasingly driven by technology.

    “India is the only country with a billion mobile phones and biometrics. In the last 6-7 months we have added almost 28 crore bank accounts. In the last 45 years we have given license to 19 banks but in the last nine months we have given licence to 23 payment banks, and many of them are telecom companies including Paytm and Airtel. The brick and mortar sector will go dead,” said Kant.

    As products and services move online and the world gets connected, traditional businesses will have to go digital, something that is already clearly visible in the retail industry. “We are just close to $ 18-19 billion market in e-commerce and take it from me we will be a $300 billion market by 2023. E-commerce is at the very beginning of its radical revolution and as the Internet and smartphones grow, you will also see leapfrog in technology. ”

    Kant went on to explain that similarly the traditional banking sector in the form of brick and mortar presence banking will face a decline. “It will all be mobile, telephonic transaction. India will leap frog again. This is because today we are about 350 million using the Internet but 2020-23 there will be about 1 billion people in India using the Internet. Similarly, usage of the Internet will increase with more people on smartphones. A billion Indians with access to the Internet, biometric and using the smart phones we will radically alter the world,” said Kant

    Kant added that even manufacturing world is getting digitised and the small and medium enterprises must understand that it is digitisation of manufacturing process which will lead to higher level of productivity. “Across the world, whether you look at trends in Japan, US or Germany, everywhere is getting digitised. It is inevitable.” Quincy Wilson Authentic Jersey

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